NeNe Leakes shot to stardom as a fan favorite on Bravo’s highly-rated reality show, “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” and the upcoming special “I Dream of Nene: The Wedding.” She has parlayed her success into a breakthrough reoccurring guest star performance on Fox’s hit show Glee. Leakes continued her acting pursuits starring opposite Ellen Barkin and Justin Bartha on NBC’s “The New Normal.” With her brassy, no-nonsense demeanor and “tell-it-like-it-is” attitude, the New York native has quickly became reality TV’s breakout star and media darling. Her accolades include:
• Voted as one of Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainers of the Year
• Voted by People Magazine as Diva of the Season
• Voted by Entertainment Weekly‘s PopWatch blog as one of fall’s TV: 15 Stars to Watch (2008)
• Voted “Most Relatable Housewife” by Bravo audience
• Winner of Bravo A-List Award for Reality’s Guiltiest Pleasure (2009)
• Winner of Bravo’s A-list Award for Fan Favorite
Leakes is the author of “Never Make the Same Mistake Twice,” discussing her fractured childhood, abusive relationship, struggles with being a single mother, landing Mr. Right, and all the messy lessons she’s learned along the way. The memoir is an unapologetic, yet honest look at Leakes, as she spills the dirt about her life, addressing rumors and dishing on other housewives. Still, she manages to share some hard-earned and inspiring life lessons in her fierce, no-nonsense style. In this straight-talking and provocative memoir, Leakes is outrageous, captivating, and unafraid to tell it like it is as she shares her wild journey from a scandalous past to Atlanta’s high society to the pinnacle of reality television stardom.
Leakes faced Donald Trump in the boardroom as a contestant on the fourth season of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” in March 2011. Leakes ‘s charity of choice for the competition was the Atlanta Union Mission in Support of My Sister’s House. The organization is primarily a shelter for women and children who have experienced domestic abuse, and it assists them with home placement, job placement and education. Leakes suffered an abusive relationship for five years and knows firsthand the importance of this kind of support. She is proud to support her hometown and hopes to be a voice for women who have suffered from domestic abuse.
Leakes has also served as one of the guest panelists for the syndicated entertainment newsmagazine, “The Insider,” produced and distributed by CBS Television Distribution. She also joined Ryan Seacrest and Guiliana Rancic for the E! network’s “Live from the Red Carpet” coverage at the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 2009. She was positioned above the action in the E! skybox alongside style expert Jay Manuel from “America’s Next Top Model.” Leakes has appeared and guest hosted on such shows as “Ellen,” “The Talk,” “Anderson Cooper,” “The Wendy Williams Show,” “The Rosie Show,” “The Joy Behar Show,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Insider” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” – just to name a few.
Recently, Leakes has transitioned from reality to roles on scripted television. She made her acting debut in the re-occurring role of “Coach Roz Washington,” on Fox’s hit comedy “Glee.” She guest-starred on BET’s comedies, “The Game” and “Let’s Stay Together.” This fall she will debut as “Rocky” on Ryan Murphy’s comedy series “The New Normal.” Because of Leakes versatility as a reality star, talk show host and correspondent as well as an actress, at one point, Leakes appeared on four different networks, showcasing her skills as a well-rounded talent.
When Leakes is away from the cameras, she lends her time and energy, supporting various charity efforts. She is the founder of Twisted Hearts, a charity that brings awareness to the plight of domestic violence against women of all races. As a victim of domestic abuse, her mission is to offer a voice and support to assist those in need of help.
Currently, Leakes resides in Duluth, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta, along with her two children.